USS AMERICA is the first ship in the AMERICA - class of amphibious assault ships and the fourth ship in the Navy to bear the name. Unlike the other amphibious assault ships in the Navy, the USS AMERICA is not equipped with a well deck to provide more space for aviation facilities.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: June 1, 2007|
|Keel laid: July 17, 2009|
|Launched: June 4, 2012|
|Commissioned: October 11, 2014|
|Builder: Huntington Ingalls Industries, Pascagoula, Miss.|
|Propulsion system: two marine gas turbines|
|Aircraft elevators: two|
|Length: 844 feet (257.3 meters)|
|Beam: 106 feet (32.3 meters)|
|Draft: 26 feet (7.9 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 44,971 tons full load|
|Speed: 22+ knots|
|Aircraft: 30+ (including V-22 Osprey, AH-1Z Viper and AH-1W Super Cobra, F-35B, CH-53K Sea Stallion, MH-60S Naval Hawk)|
|Crew: Ship: 65 officers, 994 enlisted Marine Detachment: 1871|
|Armament: two Rolling Airframe Missile Systems (RAM), two Phalanx CIWS, two Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile launchers, seven twin .50 BMG machine guns|
|Homeport: San Diego, CA|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS AMERICA. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS AMERICA Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the USS AMERICA a few hours after her commissioning during Fleet Week San Francisco on October 11, 2014.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning on October 13, 2014, during an open house aboard USS AMERICA (LHA 6) as part of Fleet Week San Francisco. The AMERICA was commissioned two days earlier.
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The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the USS AMERICA undergoing a Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on October 2, 2015. During the availability, the AMERICA receives 13 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) alterations in order to modify it for the USMC variant of the aircraft, becoming the first West Coast platform for F-35B Lightning II.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the USS AMERICA departing Naval Base San Diego, Calif., for a four-day underway on April 18, 2016.